Sweden - Latvia 68-66 Sweden posted the first victory at the championship. They nipped Latvia for 1-2 record in Group A. Erik Persson (185-G-00) nailed 32 points to lead the winners. Latvia grabbed a 19:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Sweden responded with a 14:8 run in the second period to narrow the gap at one point 26:27. Latvia extended the margin at 2-point mark heading int the fourth frame. But Sweden sank 26 points in the final period and snatched a narrow win. Oliver Gehrke (196-F-00) notched 14 points and 10 boards for the winners. Valters Veveris (172-PG-00) responded with 15 points for Latvia.
Italy - Spain 63-70 Spain outscored Italy to clinch the third straight victory in Radom. Joel Parra (199-F-00) and Didac Cuevas (177-G-00) recorded 13 points each to lead the winners. Spain established a 33:25 halftime advantage. Italy pulled within a single point at the final intermission. However Spain poured in 21 points in the fourth quarter to ice the win. Alex Tamayo (194-G/F-00) had 11 points in the victory. Mattia Palumbo (194-SG-00) responded with 17 points and 7 assists for Italy.
Germany - Turkey 71-65 Germany nipped Turkey in Group B action. Jonas Mattisseck (189-G-00) came up with 12 points to lead the winners. Germany built a 35:23 halftime lead. They protected the lead throughout the second half and rallied to the victory. Bruno Vrcic (191-SF-00) had 11 points and 6 caroms for the winners. Yavuz Gultekin (196-F-00) responded with 15 points for Turkey.
Poland - Croatia 48-67 Croatia secured the top position in Group B. They rallied past Poland for the second win in Radom. Oton Jankovic (204-F-00, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 19 points to lead the winners. Croatia secured a 43:26 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 19-point mark heading into the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Vito Cubrilo (193-F/G-00) provided 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Szymon Janczak (206-F/C-00) responded with 17 points for Poland.
Lithuania - France 75-64 Lithuania clinched the third straight win in Group D. They held off France to remain unbeaten. Dovydas Giedraitis (185-G-00) chipped in 14 points to lead the winners. Lithuania established a 37:23 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 18-point mark heading into the fourth term and raced to the win. Rokas Jokubaitis (185-G-00) had 12 points for Lithuania. Joel Ayayi (193-PG-00) responded with 17 points for France.
Montenegro - Bosnia 64-58 Montenegro overcame Bosnia in the final game at the preliminary round. Nikola Zizic (208-C-00) totaled 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Bosnia snatched a 31:29 halftime lead. Montenegro turned the tables in the third term. They secured a 3-point lead at the final intermission. Montenegro sank 19 points in the fourth term and sealed the winning outcome. Igor Drobnjak (189-G-00) contributed 17 points in the victory. Vojin Ilic (197-G/F-00) answered with 11 points for Bosnia.
Greece - Serbia 59-55 Greece outscored Serbia to finish second in Group D. Aris Tsourogiannis (197-SF-1) stepped up with 13 points for the Hellenes. Serbia posted an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. They extended the gap at 9-point mark at the final intermission. But Greece went on an 18:5 rally in the fourth quarter to snatch the win. Giannis Hatziveroglou (197-G/F-00) had 12 points for the winners. Marko Pecarski (208-C-00) responded with 20 points and 16 rebounds for Serbia.
Estonia - Finland 61-79 Finland stayed perfect in Radom. They cruised past Estonia to clinch the top position in Group D. Mikael Jantunen (200-F-00) scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the victory. Finland recorded a 35:25 halftime lead. They followed with 44 points in the second half to ice the win. Tuomas Oksa (188-G-00) had 11 points in the victory. Henri Drell (198-SF-00) answered with 12 points for Estonia.
16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participat... [read more]
Three-time Basketball champion head coach Konstantinos Papadopoulos (with the team of Panathinaikos) and another seven times Attica champion (Panathinaikos and Ilysiakos) and the most successful Head Coach (in youth ages of the last two decades), has been tabbed as head coach for the Basketball Men's U16 National Team that will compete in the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in the hopes of earning the promotion in the First Division after the total disaster of the Euro 2016 participation and the last position among 16 countries (1-6 record) with the previous coaching team. Selected to assist Papadopoulos is the well known in the North part of the country, Theodoros Asteriadis (PAOK Thessaloniki), both of whom tackle their first serious assignment as a coaching duet coming from academies and youth teams.
An amazing selection from the Greek Basketball federation as it is the first time after quite many years that a National Coach in younger ages has actually professional career on the specific age area and quite successfully as the previous 'cases' and predecessors fail in total as they were coaching mostly Men Teams or no teams at all…
The Greek Basketball Federation probably felt that Papadopoulos has done a tremendous job with his players (in Panathinaikos and now in Doukas as he has been dismissed last summer from Panathinaikos after winning all the titles..) over the past fifteen years and that having continuity within the program has been a key to the success of the teams, he is coaching all these years.
The U16 European championship 2017 Division B will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from the 10-19 of August 2017, and Greece will be among the National teams to fight for the promotion in a division which is more suitable for the country. In addition to Greece teams competing in the U16 zone Division B' championship include: host Bulgaria, Belarus, Belgium. Bosnia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Luxemburg, FYROM, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
Training camp to determine the 12-member Greek squad will be held in Athens by Papadopoulos himself while Assistant Coach Asteriadis will be doing the same in Thessaloniki so as to cover the country in total.
Coach Papadopoulos is planning to scout at all edges to be able to find the best players in the country and try to develop a strong and healthy team at all positions, try to give attention to detail, and relate to all the members of the Greek NT the winning mentality and try to combine all the talents with the best feasible way to try and get a gold medal for Greek Basketball even if we will compete in a division lower than we supposed to'. The U16 roster will be bright new and will be build up from scratch..
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the new coaching team of the U16 Greek NT
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